MOTION CONTROL: Bodine Electric Co. introduced its WX gearhead in conjunction with its upgraded 34B-frame brushless dc motor. The WX is a new high-torque gearhead built to provide longer life and higher performance than similar gearmotors in the same size range. The new WX gearmotors are designed to drive applications such as conveyor systems, packaging equipment, metering pumps, medical devices, commercial appliances, and solar powered outdoor equipment.
The exterior of the new WX gearhead is identical to Bodine’s old W models, but the inside has been completely redesigned. These new WX gearmotors feature all-steel helical gear trains and synthetic lubricants, allowing the type 34B-WX to produce up to 65 percent more torque than previous models. The new steel gearing is designed to AGMA 9 standards or higher, to assure the quiet operation that is expected from Bodine Electric products. The synthetic lubricant in this new gearhead improves efficiency, and allows these gearmotors to operate in a wide temperature range. Forty-eight new stock models feature 12 available gear ratios, ranging from 4:1 to 312:1, and rated output speeds from 658 to 8 RPM.
The WX gearhead is now available with Bodine’s type 34B, TENV, 1/5HP (149W) brushless DC motors. These electronically commutated (BLDC) motors require less maintenance and last longer than traditional brush-type PMDC motors. The brushless construction results in a cooler running, quieter motor that can accelerate and decelerate quickly. They can be used in place of brush-type motors in applications where high starting torque and linear speed-torque characteristics are critical. The new 34B-WX gearmotors are offered with 130V dc and 24V dc windings and are available with or without accessory shafts for external encoder or brake installation.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson